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The 60 Best Box Braids Hairstyles from Small to Jumbo, Long and Boho

Box braids are hands-down the one hairstyle we can’t get enough of. From size and color to length and type, your options to slay this look are literally unlimited.

Now our love for knotless box braids in particular has been well documented, especially when it comes to protective styling for hair growth. But we get that there are some naturalistas who’ll never let go of the traditional, headaches and all.

It’s just a matter of preference. And today, we’re setting ours aside. This post is all about the inspo. We have one job, and that’s to help you find your next badass box braids hairstyle.

60 Stunning Box Braids Hairstyles to Inspire your Next Look

1. Large Thigh Length Knotless Box Braids

Black woman wearing large thigh length knotless box braids
IG: @erica_letstalkhair @tamaranikkz_

Inherently sexy, and easy to install, long box braids enable that effortless slay.

2. Black and Blonde Ombre Box Braids

Black woman wearing black and blonde ombre box braids
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Black and blonde come together to create this ombre-lievable box braided look.

3. Honey Blonde Goddess Braids

Black woman with natural hair wearing a half-up half-down honey blonde goddess braids protective style
IG: @deograciousdube

Loosely gathered at her crown, these gorgeous honey blonde goddess braids are absolutely divine.

4. Chunky Cinnamon Box Braids

Black woman wearing chunky cinnamon box braids as a protective style
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While we absolutely adore natural looking box braids, opting for a cinnamon color is a sexy way to spice up your style.

5. Side-Swept Burgundy Box Braids

Black woman wearing small side-swept burgundy box braids
IG: @naomieve_

Want to turn up the heat even more? These side-swept burgundy box braids are lit.

6. Box Braids Lob with Center Part

Box braids lob hairstyle with a middle part worn by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @aysha.sow

On the shorter side than most of the looks pictured here, but still incredible in its own right, this box braids lob is fierce, feminine and flirty.

7. Jumbo Box Braids

Black woman wearing jumbo box braids with a deep side part as a protective style
IG: @ynotkeeb

Pretty, simple and protective, you can’t go wrong with classic jumbo box braids.

8. Jumbo Passion Braids with Copper Highlights

Black woman wearing jumbo passion braids as a protective style
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A boho twist on jumbo box braids, we’re feeling this hippie chic hairstyle.

9. Half-Up Half-Down Copper Box Braided Bantu Knots

Black woman wearing wavy copper box braids in a half-up half-down bantu knots protective style
IG: @tatyanaalii_

Wavy copper-colored box braids wow with bantu knots, in this head-turning half-up half-down hairstyle.

10. Jumbo Knotless Box Braids with Curly Ends

Black woman wearing jumbo knotless box braids with curly ends in a half-up half-down hairstyle
IG: @braidedbytee @taliawray

Curling the ends is a simple way to take a jumbo box braided look from attractive to ethereal.

11. Greyish Blonde Box Braids in a High Ponytail

Black woman wearing greyish blonde box braids in a high ponytail
IG: @sharonn_i @zurihairstudio

Choosing an unexpected color like greyish blonde is one of the easiest ways to elevate a box braided look.

12. Platinum Blonde Box Braids

Black woman wearing long platinum blonde box braids
IG: @jadelaurica

Long box braids and a badass platinum blonde color are a killer combo.

13. Half-Up Half-Down Wrapped Box Braids

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down box braids hairstyle
IG: @amaosei_ @ciaratalleybeauty

For a unique twist on the typical bun and done, half-up half-down hairstyle, try wrapping your box braids around your head in a doobie instead.

14. Sleek Box Braids Lob

Black woman wearing a sleek box braids lob as a protective style in her natural hair
IG: @stylesbyfalisha

Short and sleek, but still long enough to be versatile, this box braided lob is lovely.

15. Red Boho Box Braids

Black woman wearing long red boho box braids as a protective style
IG: @afrolaytina

Between the different shades of red, and the random combo of box braids and curls, this whimsical boho look is wild and wonderful.

16. Medium Box Braids Bob with Beads

Medium box braids bob hairstyle with beads worn by a Black woman
IG: @beingstefs

While this might be considered a standard box braided bob with beads, there’s nothing basic or boring about it.

17. Chunky Box Braids Lob

Woman wearing a side-swept chunky box braids lob hairstyle
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Whether you opt for a lob or longer lengths, a basic brown or a brighter color, small or chunky, you just can’t go wrong with sexy, side-swept box braids.

18. Knee Length Knotless Box Braids

Knee length knotless box braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @a.dai.sha

Our love for long braided hairstyles is no secret. Needless to say this knee-length knotless look is right up our alley. And the best part is, you can get all the deets to DIY in the video below.

19. Three-Tone Ombre Box Braids

Three-tone ombre box braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman
IG: @hermosaexperience @officalbubblesss

You’ll be hard pressed to find a skin tone that won’t pop against the neutral palette of these stunning three-tone ombre knotless box braids.

20. Coi Leray Braids with Accent Cornrows

Coi Leray braids with accent cornrows worn by a Black woman
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Super cute and quick to create, these Coi Leray braids with accent cornrows are a hit.

21. Medium Box Braids Half Pulled Back

Medium box braids worn in a half-up half-down hairstyle by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @freshlengths

Suitable for a corporate 9-5, but still perfect to hit up Happy Hour, this half-up half-down box braided look is a winner.

22. Red Jungle Box Braids

Black woman wearing red jungle box braids as a protective style
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Box braids will always be a great, go-to style, but opting for a variation like jungle braids in a brighter color, lets you push the boundaries of this timeless look.

23. Faux Layered Face-Framing Box Braids with Beads

Faux layered box braids with beads  worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @beingglowri

While you always have the option to cut your box braids to a shorter length or into a different shape, you can also skip the scissors completely.

See, part of the appeal of beads is their ability to give the illusion of layers. By using them to secure your bent box braids at the desired length, you can create a similar fab faux feathered look.

24. Thigh-Length Bronze Box Braids

Black woman wearing thigh length bronze box braids
IG: @tianamajor9

This gorgeous bronze color, takes these thigh-length box braids to a whole other level.

25. Long Knotless Triangle Braids

Rear view of a long knotless triangle braids hairstyle
IG: @braidbarldn

For those who prefer to think outside of the box, triangle parts can be a welcomed departure.

26. Head Wrapped Box Braids High Bun

Black woman wearing box braids in a high bun with a head wrap as a protective style

Not just for laying your edges, accessorize your box braided high bun with a haute head scarf that complements your outfit for a laidback, but oh so stylish look.

27. Rose Gold Box Braids

Rose gold box braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @jessicapettway

Somewhere between strawberry blonde and rose gold, these box braids are absolutely stunning.

28. Platinum Blonde Boho Knotless Box Braids

Platinum blonde boho knotless box braids worn in a high messy bun hairstyle with bangs
IG: @pearlthestylist_

Blonde boho knotless box braids in a high messy bun with bangs for the win.

29. Box Braids Bob with Shaved Sides

Box braids bob hairstyle with shaved sides and goddess beads worn by a Black woman
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The shaved sides of this side-swept box braided bob, along with the goddess beads, make this style, equal parts edgy and elegant.

30. Side-Swept Honey Blonde Box Braids

Side-swept honey blonde box braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @jackieaina

Stunning in its simplicity, choosing the right shade of blonde to complement your skin tone, can make ordinary box braids extraordinary.

31. Short Box Braids with Spiral Ends

Short box braids with spiral ends worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @slimreshae

How adorable are these short box braids with spiral ends? This style is proof of how a perm rod set can transform an already pretty look.

32. Short Cinnamon Medium Knotless Box Braids

Black woman wearing short cinnamon medium knotless box braids with rubber banded ends
IG: @erica_letstalkhair

Playful and pretty, these short cinnamon knotless box braids are sweet!

33. Copper Box Braids with Curly Ends

Black woman wearing copper box braids with curly ends
IG: @eerya2547

These copper-colored box braids with curly ends are serving cute and carefree.

34. Side-Swept Metallic Knotless Box Braids

SIde-swept box braids with metallic highlights worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @missleleofficial

A sparkling combo of metallic colors, these box braids are brilliant.

35. Orange Peek-a-Boo Knotless Bob Braids Bob with Beads

Orange peekaboo asymmetrical knotless box braids bob hairstyle with beads
IG: @pearlthestylist_

Go bold with your box braided bob by using a peek-a-boo pop of orange, and complete the look with clear beads, to slay in an unexpected way.

36. Short Jumbo Box Braids with Curly Ends

Short jumbo box braids with curly copper ends worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @naturally_curla

Between the color, rings, cuffs and the curly ends, these jumbo box braids are literally everything!

37. Long Medium Box Braids

Black woman wearing long medium box braids

Classy and classic, you can’t miss with long, traditional box braids.

38. Black and Red Ombre Knotless Box Braids

Black woman wearing black and red ombre knotless box braids as a protective style
IG: @kitagirl921

If full-on fiery red is too in-your-face for your liking, pick a more subtle ombre color instead to create a knotless box braided look that’s bold, but not overbearing.

39. Large Red Box Braids

Black woman wearing large red box braids
IG: @julialopes01

For those who appreciate the attention, these large red box braids are smoking.

40. Maroon Box Braids with a Middle Part

Black woman wearing maroon box braids with a middle part
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A happy medium between the two previous styles, this maroon box braided look with a middle part, is eye-catching, but still understated.

41. Forest Green Box Braids Updo

Black woman wearing a forest green box braids updo

This jumbo green box braided updo is the perfect mix of edgy and exquisite.

42. Mixed Blonde Box Braids

Black woman wearing mixed blonde box braids
IG: @diamondalicia_

Mixing shades of blonde is a simple way to add more depth, dimension and flair to your final box braided look.

43. Short Knotless Asymmetrical Box Braided Bob

Black woman wearing an asymmetrical knotless box braids bob as a protective style
IG: @pearlthestylist_

An asymmetrical knotless box braided bob is a knock out every time.

44. Waist Length Box Braids with Middle Part

Waist length box braids with a middle part worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @syeda_bombom

For those who tend to gravitate toward natural looks, whether out of preference or necessity for work, box braids in black or dark brown, will still let you come through with the understated slay.

45. Medium Thigh Length Box Braids with Deep Side Part

Medium thigh length box braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @heycurlie @touchedbytb_

There’s something about longer, side-swept box braids with a deep side part that are just irresistible.

46. Jumbo Box Braids Half Pulled Back

Black woman wearing jumbo box braids in a half pulled back hairstyle
IG: @mrsdivalike

Naturalistas who gravitate to more classic looks can simply go bigger in size and slay in jumbo box braids worn in a half-up half-down hairstyle.

47. Thigh Length Honey Blonde Box Braids with Spiral Ends

Black woman wearing thigh length honey blonde box braids with curly ends
IG: @ghanabraidstyles

These long honey blonde box braids with spiral ends are literally perfection.

48. Blue and Black Box Braids

Black woman wearing blue and black box braids in a high ponytail hairstyle with swoop bangs
IG: @paula_roide

Blue and black box braids are the color combo you didn’t realize until now that you needed in your life.

49. Large Blue and Purple Box Braids with Beads

Black woman wearing large blue and purple box braids with beads
IG: @pearlthestylist_

Push the limits of your box braids using a mix of blue and purple hair, finished with clear beads.

50. Half-Up Half-Down Tapered Waist Length Box Braids

Large waist length box braids worn in a half-up half-down hairstyle by a Black woman
IG: @emani.marie

Those who prefer their box braids with noticeably thinner ends can opt for a large size in longer lengths with a more drastic taper.

51. Criss-Cross Rubber Band Style Box Braids

Half-up half-down criss-cross rubber band style with box braids worn as a protective style on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @dadouhair

The juxtaposition of the criss-cross rubber band style in the front, with box braids in the back is pretty badass.

52. Classic Box Braids with a Deep Side Part

Black woman wearing classic box braids with a deep side part
IG: @jalynbaiden @ms.kell.b @thehairartisttt

Having too many styling options can actually get overwhelming. So when in doubt, choose classic box braids for the win.

53. Half-Up Half-Down Medium Knotless Goddess Braids

Black woman wearing half-up half-down medium knotless goddess braids
IG: @dadouhair

These beautiful braids are fitting, because sis is looking just like a goddess in them.

54. Medium Crochet Box Braids

Medium crochet box braids worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @iammarybennett

If you’ve spent anytime on this site, you’re likely well aware of how much we adore crochet hairstyles. And this look is just a reminder of how deep it goes.

When you don’t have the time, funds or patience to install box braids, or perhaps you just don’t know how, crochet box braids come through in the clutch. Super cute, quick, easy and considerably more affordable, they really are a no-brainer.

55. Long Mixed Blonde Box Braids with Curly Ends

Black woman wearing long blonde and copper box braids with curly ends in a ponytail with a scarf headband
IG: @tostos_

Why choose just one shade of blonde, when you can get braiding hair with a mix of several to create this long, luxe look or the chic, chunky one below?

56. Chunky Mixed Blonde Box Braids

Black woman wearing chunky mixed blonde box braids
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57. Box Braids Wig with a Middle Part

Black woman wearing a box braids wig with a middle part

Skip the stylist’s chair completely and opt for box braids in an instant, thanks to an amazingly realistic wig, in a natural color, or an awesome ombre mix.

58. Ombre Box Braids Wig

Ombre box braids wig worn as a protective style by a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @iammarybennett

59. Large Box Braids with a Pop of Copper

Black woman wearing large box braids with a pop of color
IG: @erica_letstalkhair

There are endless ways to add color to black box braids without going all in. A few selectively placed braids in a contrasting hue can be just the pop needed to get your hairstyle poppin’.

Or you can opt for two-tone ombre braiding hair, for a partial but consistent overall color, like the black and white look below.

60. Black and White Ombre Box Braids

Black woman wearing black and white ombre box braids in a high side ponytail hairstyle
IG: @awalkingdoxology

If it’s not clear by now, sixty banging styles later, box braids remain undefeated.